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12-year-old boy to be tried as adult

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PITTSBURGH, March 30 (UPI) -- A 12-year-old Pittsburgh-area boy accused of killing his father's pregnant fiancee will be tried as an adult, a Lawrence County, Pa., judge ruled.

Legal experts said if Jordan Brown of New Beaver, Pa., is convicted of first-degree murder, he would be the youngest person in the country to serve a life sentence in prison without parole, the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette reported Tuesday.

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Police said Brown was 11 when he shot Kenzie Houk, 26, with a 20-gauge shotgun as she slept in February 2009. Her unborn son, who was nearly full term, also died.

"There is no indication of any provocation by the victim that led to her killing," Lawrence County Judge Dominick Motto wrote in his ruling issued Monday. "The offense was an execution-style killing of a defenseless pregnant young mother. A more horrific crime is difficult to imagine."

Jordan's attorneys asked Motto to move the case to juvenile court, based on testimony from a defense psychologist who said the boy would be at "low-risk" for future violence, the newspaper said.

Defense attorney David Acker said he and co-counsel Dennis Elisco are considering an appeal, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

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"I'm in shock," Elisco said. "This is certainly the lowest point of my 29-year career. We're just devastated."

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